Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association
February 1, 2009
My current saddle & pad set up.
The photos above are my current saddle which is a Crestridge Light which was custom made to fit for under $800. This saddle also can be purchased without a horn, and I hope when Phebes has gained my confidence to remove the one on this saddle. The pad was made to fit this saddle for $89 also from Crestridge and it weighs almost nothing. The pads are 1/4 inch neoprene, the blue is the same stuff a foot ball jersey is made from, so heat can escape. The underside of the pad is a very soft and pliable waffle weave. The keepers I had put on by Gerald Huffman, my saddle fixing guru. The bridle is from Moss Creek Endurance, for less than $49, the photo doesn't capture the color very well as it is a very in your face royal blue. I'm using an S-Hack and have been so pleased with it that I sold my Dr. Cook's bridle. Phebes head is so small that I had to fold the chin strap in half and use it double to get it to fit! On the back of my saddle is the rump rug which I made from polar fleece. I recently cut it way down as I had too much rug hanging back there and it always was flopping to one side. I could envision an intanglement, so I took the scissors to it, and I'm much happier. The cantle pack on the back was just a human fanny pack that I had the straps cut, and clips put on. I had a neck ditty sewed on to carry my park pass, and emergency contact information (I also keep a folder with all my emergency info on the front seat of my truck). The stirrups are plastic Easyrides, since I don't like the weight of the metal type, which I have two sets of somewhere...I now will need to get a set of black stirrup leather covers out of the merino wool, and I may try riding in bike shorts and new balance tennis shoes this summer. ~E.G.